(Note from WTM: Pedropower has agreed to fill in with the CC from time to time, for which I’m grateful.)
By Pedropower -
I feel like Gene Lamont filling in for Jim Leyland but fear not BD, this is only temporary
Indy jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Columbus and went on to win 8-4 with Max Moroff and Eric Wood (pictured) both hitting 2 homeruns. After a warmup in Bradenton last week Nick Kingham returned to the mound for Indy for the first time since 2015. Kingham went 5 and 2/3 allowing 2 runs with 3 BBs and 4 Ks. It looked as if Kingham is still finding the feel for his breaking ball which is not to be unexpected at this point of the season for him. Chris Bostick and Max Moroff continued their torrid pace (both with an OPS near 1000) with Bostick going 2-4 with and Moroff launching 2 homeruns (12 on the year and now leading the International League) and ending the night 2-3 with 2 walks. Eric Wood also hit 2 homeruns on the night, giving him five.
Austin Meadows 1-4 (2 Ks, 1BB)
Eric Wood 2-3. 2 homeruns (2 BBs)
The Curve rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Rumble Ponies 8-6. After allowing 3 runs in the 2nd Austin Coley went another 4 innings without surrendering a run. His final line was 6 innings, 3 hits, 3 BBs and 4 Ks.
Kevin Newman 2-5 (2 Ks)
Kevin Kramer 1-5, double (2 Ks)
Connor Joe 2-4. 2 triples!
Wyatt Mathisen 2-4, batting average to .303 on the year
Jordan Luplow- pinch hit homerun (7)
The Mauraders squared off against Daytona with Taylor Hearn on the mound. The Power jumped all over the Tortugas and sprinted to a 6-0 lead through 4 highlighted by a Will Craig homer. Taylor Hearn started off in promising fashion fanning 4 batters through 3 innings before running into trouble. However, things went awry in the 4th as an error, 2 walks and 4 singles resulted in 4 runs crossing the plate. Yunior Montero had been stellar going into tonight and promptly shut the door in the 4th but then proceeded to give up 5 runs in the 5th and 6th innings. The Marauders went on to lose 9-8.
Will Craig 2-5, 1 homerun (3)
Cole Tucker 1-5, triple
Logan HIll 1-3, homerun (10th on year, puts him into tie for lead in Florida State League)
Ke'Bryan Hayes 0-2, 1 BB